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Posted 6 years ago


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This is absolutely amazing! I found this at an estate sale this weekend. Completely hand made. When you plug it in and flip the switch, the lights in the switchboard flash on and off. You can pull out the red plugs and plug them into the terminals, they are on retractable cords.
I cannot imagine the time it must have taken to make this thing. The round plugs are the eyelets from sneakers. It's hard to determine the age, any ideas? Look at the detail on that switchboard. It was a great treasure hunting weekend, I am going to post several of the other treasures shortly.


  1. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 6 years ago
    An interactive lamp...Very Very cool !!!!!!!!
  2. aycockonxion aycockonxion, 6 years ago
    Now, that is just down right cool.
  3. packrat-place packrat-place, 6 years ago
    thank you Hedgewalker & aycockonxion. It is unique for sure.
  4. packrat-place packrat-place, 6 years ago
    thank you CAD1949
  5. toolate2 toolate2, 6 years ago
    My mother worked on a switchboard like this in her early 20s... Well, maybe it was bigger...LOL...
  6. packrat-place packrat-place, 6 years ago
    thank you officialfuel, AR8Jason, and toolate2
  7. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Wow, wow, wow! miKKO
  8. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much miKKoChristmas11, mrmajestic1, jmack, BELLIN68 & ttomtucker.
    miKKoChristmas11, it seems like you like it, thank you very much.
  9. Dan121156 Dan121156, 5 years ago
    That is really cool... Reminds me of the old Saturday Night Live & Lily Tomlin.... One ringing dinging, two ringing dinging, "Hello.... Is this the party to whom I am speaking too?"

  10. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much Dan121156, I remember that skit well. That skit actually was from Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, and her character was Ernestine.
  11. cindyjune cindyjune, 5 years ago
    Love it! Love Ernestine too! Thanks for posting and nice find!
  12. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 5 years ago
    now thats A.D.H.D. gone wild!!!! love it.
  13. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much for the kind words mikielikesigns2 & cindyjune. Yes, it is interesting for sure. Nobody wanted it, I had to have it.
  14. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 5 years ago
    Lets see how did Lilly go.... Thats a One RingyDingy, Thats two RingyDingy, Telephone Operator! LOL
  15. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 5 years ago
    It was Funny back then ehh Dan! LOL
  16. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    I like it & am impressed.
  17. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    I think that this is the third time I've "loved" this item. It is so wonderful that I wish everyone could see it.
  18. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Very sorry I have missed all the loves and nice comments on this!!
    Thank you very much officialfuel, jmack , collector4evr, musikchoo, mrmajestic1 , blunderbuss2, Dizzydave, lundy, Operator & walksoftly.
  19. BarbieJo, 5 years ago
    This switchboard is exactly what I have been looking for a puppet ministry at church. If you ever get the notion to sell it please contact me. It is a great find. Congrats.
  20. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 5 years ago
    Barbie get some of the Church Folks and see if someone could make you one? Plywood drill 50 holes add some PVC pipe pieces with glue to hold in place. Do the same for bottom section, few holes and just find some old headphones and cut ends off and use as phone plugs for board. Take a old dial phone and remove the dialer and glue to top. Write names or #'s on panel and Walla! Your own Folk Art Switchboard!

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